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Vol. 4 No. 9,  September 10, 2015

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Welcome back to school! It's that time of year again! Pencils are sharpened, books are covered, iPads are charged up and kids are ready to learn! Remember, the Festival is just months away so start planning to attend the largest celebration of STEM now! Teachers & parents, don't miss out on the many STEM educational outreach programs the Festival offers like the return of Sneak Peek Friday (registration opening soon), Nifty Fifty (times 4), our X-STEM School Program and the X-STEM Symposium. Read more of this newsletter for details.   

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Meet legendary science rockers They Might Be Giants, win a new cool Apple watch & more just by pre-registering for the largest celebration of STEM! Click here to pre-register NOW! 

Join us as an exhibitor! Showcase your organizations STEM creativity at the 4th USA Science & Engineering Festival! Space is limited so click here to apply NOW! 

Back to school gear! Head back to school in STEM style with your favorite Festival swag including t-shirts, hoodies and baby onesizes! All proceeds go towards the Festival efforts to bring you a FREE celebration of STEM! Click here for the coolest fashions in STEM!   

Celebrate back to school at a local science festival near you! The Festival team has created a comprehensive  Affiliate Directory and Map with science festivals all over the world! Are you a science festival organizer? Visit this link to become an official USA Science & Engineering Festival Affiliate Event! 

Join Paleontologist 'Dr. Scott' of PBS 'Dinosaur Train' at the Expo! 
Are your kids crazy about dinosaurs? Be sure they're at the Festival's Expo this April when "Dr. Scott", host of the PBS Dinosaur Train series, takes them inside the mysteries of some of the most fascinating prehistoric creatures that once roamed the Earth! 
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Host a Nifty Fifty Speaker! Registration Now Open!

Sponsored by InfoComm International, the Nifty Fifty Program is set to kick off for the 2015/2016 school year! Learn more about bringing some of the most inspiring minds in STEM to your classroom like NASA's Deborah Bass, Google's Peter Norvig, Climatologist Sarah Das and much more! Read more
Full STEAM Ahead! DiversityComm Returns as a Media Partner! 
As a media partner for Festival 2016, DiversityComm, Inc. and its latest publication, Diversity in STEAM Magazine, will play a key role in helping the Festival spread the STEM message this April. Learn what this exciting publisher has in store to emphasize the opportunities and diversity in STEM and related fields! Read more 
Back to School Means X-STEM School Time!
X-STEM SchoolWelcome back to all our students and adult coordinators of the X-STEM School Program! With the 4th USA Science and Engineering Festival just around the corner, we hope that your X-STEM school clubs are busy promoting STEM education and finding new ways to engage in STEM-filled activities! Read more to learn how to become an X-STEM School! 
Volunteer Outreach News
We had a great turnout for our back to school volunteer outreach team meeting! Thank you to the volunteers for helping us to organize another amazing celebration of STEM. The next meeting takes place September 27th. Read more to learn how to become a Festival volunteer! 
FREE Fall into Fun Fair Saturday, September 12th!
Don't miss Fall into FUN Fair on Saturday, September 12 from Noon-4 PM at the Rockville Sportsplex in Rockville, MD. Presented by Activity Rocket, this FREE Fair is sure to provide lots of fun and excitement for the whole family with giveaways, goody bags, food and entertainment by DJ "A Squad." Admission is free - but registration is required! Read more
AAAS Seeking STEM Volunteers
AAAS The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers and physicians to assist K-12 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers in the District of Columbia and adjacent counties, including Loudoun County, during the 2015-16 school year. 

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Thank you to our Newest Sponsors! 
Our Sponsors are essential in reaching our mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers! We would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to our very special Sponsors who have signed up to support the 4th Festival to date. 

By participating as a sponsor in the upcoming Festival, your organization will be aligned with the nation's leading science and engineering institutions that recognize the importance of STEM education and its impact on our country.

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Thank You to our Palladium Sponsors! 

American Mathematical Society

American Society for Microbiology 

Bose Corporation

Dassault Systèmes 


ISS Casis 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 

Oracle Academy

Pennsylvania College of Technology 

Space Camp & Aviation Challenge

Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM

University of Massachusetts Lowell 

Thank You to our Titanium Sponsors! 
Aerospace Corporation
American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS)  
American Water Works Association (AWWA)
Big Kid Science
Bricks 4 Kidz 
Bucknell University College of Engineering
College of Science at George Mason University
James Madison University
New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering 
Penn State University
Stemtree Education Center
Tau Beta Pi
United States Naval Academy
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
University of Florida
University of Rochester
VCU School of Engineering 

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